- Carpineta Fontalpino Chianti Classico 2012 Product #29226 (In Stock)
Gioia Cresti fashioned her 2012 Chianti Classico from 100% Sangiovese grapes grown at 350 meters elevation in Castelnuovo Berardenga. Fermentation in tank followed by 12 months aging in neutral barrel lets the fruit shine through while mellowing Sangiovese’s often hard tannins. You’ll find bold and classic Chianti aromas of dark black cherry, leather, dried tobacco, crushed violet and more jump out of the glass at first pour and get deeper and more ripe with air. Plenty of the dark, rich, fruit you expect from this warm 2012 vintage, but also some of the clarity and juicy acids that make Fontalpino so easy to drink and pair with food. The tannins are fine and ripe and the juicy cherry/berry and violet notes linger nicely. Very classic Chianti indeed.
"Serious density and freshness for the vintage with dark-berry and fresh-mushroom character. Full body with fine tannins and a crisp finish. Drink now." James Suckling 90 points
"Bright, saturated red. Aromas of red cherry, dark berries, tobacco and violet, lifted by a whiff of minty minerals. Bright, juicy and sappy, showing very good density to the vibrant flavors of redcurrant, tobacco and gunflint. This solidly structured, mineral-bright Chianti Classico finishes with a firm tannic spine and just screams sangiovese. I was pleasantly surprised by this estate's performance this year, and I'll be following the wines more closely in the years to come." Vinous 90 points
"Rich and elegant, with cherry, strawberry, tobacco and tea flavors. Medium-bodied, with firm tannins defining the finish. Best from 2016 through 2022. 4,200 cases made." Wine Spectator 90 points